GO ScholarsThe Global Opportunity (GO) Scholar Program works with students from diverse backgrounds with financial need and encourages them to go abroad by reducing financial barriers and providing support through a designated coordinator and a student cohort.
GO Scholars receive a one-time scholarship to help cover the cost of a CU Boulder-approved education abroad program offered by the Office of International Education. GO Scholars have four years to use the scholarship. GO Scholars may be eligible for additional education abroad funding opportunities. This is a partnership between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) and the Office of International Education.
- Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Must be a First-Year student at CU Boulder
- Must demonstrate unmet financial need
- Must participate in a LEAD academic community
- You must be in good academic standing in the School or College you are enrolled in (and not on academic probation or suspension). Definition of "good standing" varies by School and College). Check yours here:
- Scholarship funds: GO scholars awarded will receive a $5,000 planning scholarship for a semester abroad or a $3,000 planning scholarship for a summer education abroad program. GO scholars can choose to use their scholarship funds to participate in a CU in D.C. program or virtual program; the scholarship award for students studying on these programs would be $3,000 for the semester program (12 credits) or $1,500 for most of these summer programs.
- Coaching: Scholars will receive individualized mentoring and support from the GO Scholar coordinator and other education abroad staff
- Scholar retreat: Retreat will equip students with all of the information necessary to navigate the education abroad process
- Reception: Students will gather to welcome new cohort of GO Scholars and congratulate graduating seniors
- Scholar follow-on project: Students will be able to share their experience abroad and serve as ambassadors to the greater CU community
Scholar CoordinatorThe GO Scholar Coordinator is available for education abroad advising and mentoring. GO Scholars are required to meet with the Coordinator each semester to plan the education abroad experience that best meets individual academic, personal, and professional goals. Scholars must coordinate the disbursement of their scholarship with the Coordinator.
Additional Funding for Scholars
- CIEE Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved CIEE education abroad program will receive a travel grant to cover their airfare. The amount of the grant depends on the cost of the airfare for the given location, but is not to exceed $2,000 for a semester or $1,000 for a summer. If the cost of the airfare exceeds this amount, the student will need to pay the difference.
- ISA Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved ISA education abroad program will receive a $2,000 scholarship for a semester or a $1,000 scholarship for a summer to apply towards the cost of their program.
- SIT Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved SIT education abroad program will receive a scholarship between $1,000-$3,000 for a semester or a summer to apply towards the cost of their program. Also, all CU Boulder students who receive a Federal Pell grant as part of their Federal financial aid package are eligible to receive a scholarship from SIT that matches the amount of their Pell Grant for that semester. This matching scholarship from SIT may be applied to CU-approved semester-long SIT programs.
- CAPA scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved CAPA education abroad program will receive a $2,000 scholarship for a semester or a $1,000 scholarship for a summer to apply towards the cost of their program
- DIS GO Scholarship : DIS Is pleased to offer GO Scholars a $3000 scholarship for any of their semester programs abroad and $400 for session 3 or 4 of their summer programs abroad in addition to students GO scholarship. Students may also be eligible for up to an additional $2,000 for semester and up to $1,000 for summer.
- GO Scholars who receive funding from a campus unit such as Cultural Unity & Engagement Center (CUE), the Student Academic Success Center (McNeill, TRiOSSS, WAMS, etc.), the CU-LEAD Alliance, etc. may be able to use that scholarship/grant on a semester education abroad program. Check directly with the program.
- Since all GO Scholars will need to fill out a Buffs Abroad Scholarship application through CU Boulder Education Abroad, they will also be considered for any other CU Boulder Education Abroad funding that may be available in addition to funds listed above.
- GO Scholars applying to a program other than those listed above are also encouraged to apply for additional scholarships offered by their program (see program website for information).
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